Post # 1
Ok Bee’s, I need some advice! My wedding is March 30th and I have yet to order invitations.. The reason being because I have struggled to find any that I like. I fell in love with the pocketfold invitations but I haven’t really found any that fit the budget and I simply did not have time for the complete DIY route for pocketfolds (some you bee’s have made some beautiful invites!). I have been waiting for a major sale on zazzle and no such luck.. It looks like I am just going to have to order something.. Here are my options right now, what would you bees do…
Vistaprint– 100 invitations and 100 response cards.. very simple invites. I’ve heard vistaprint has decent quality but nothing “fancy” about them. Also vistaprint does not have anything in the exact colors that we are using… The blue is more royal where as we are doing navy and there is no coral and the gold ones are UGLY. But.. will people notice royal blue? Come with decent envelopes not just plain white which is a plus.. Cost for $100 is around 100.
Zazzle- These are the ones we are looking at: http://www.zazzle.com/dark_navy_damask_coral_monogram_wedding_invitation-161819879316451992
Total for invties and RSVP cards are 204. The envelopes are plain white so i’d want to order either lined envelopes or colored envelopes for the invites themselves. These probably match our wedding style best. But again, except being our colors, they are not exactly “fancy” invitations.
Michaels Custom Invitations- So I just found out recently Michaels does custom invitations andthey have the most affordable pocket invitations i’ve seen so far. These are the only pre-done pocket invitations I would be able to afford. Has anyone used Michaels custom invitations?
(Ours would be either midnight or champagne pockets with midnight damask.. not silver).
These are def. my favorite. Cost for 100 invites in pocketfold for 192, unfortunately to add the RSVP is over what I can spend.. I was going to do reception and hotel cards myself so I could do the RSVP card myself if I could figure out how to fit them in the envelopes I could buy at Michaels.
What is your opinions? Should I spend the extra and do the work printing RSVP cards to get the invites I want or just have everything done for me through zazzle or vista print? Thanks Bee’s!
Post # 3
Oh and feel free to share your invitations, what you are spending and where they are from!!
Post # 4
I’m a designer so I’m doing my own stationary, but I’m ordering everything off of CatPrint. I haven’t priced everything out just yet, but for just the invites on super thick shimmer card stock, it’ll be $59. Considering that I’m getting 64 8.5×11 pages (2 5×7 invites on each page), that’s not bad at all.
Have you checked out Cards and POckets? They’re one of my favorite websites that I suggest to all of my clients who are DIYing the invites themselves. But CatPrint is the way to go for the actual printing. VistaPrint I used for our STDs, but I really don’t like the quality of their stuff.
Michaels invites, I advise against. I’ve done the text on more than one of those templates, and they still wind up messed up. Not on my end, but something about the quality of their template is not exact. It doesn’t allow for designs or anything on the actual invite, so they may overlap. Honestly, you’re better off designing them yourself or having someone design them for you.
This is the design that I have for our invites (ignore the crop marks).
Post # 5
I just posted about this, I spent 150.00 for custom invites, envelopes, rsvp’s and envelopes. The invites have lined envelopes too. I’m going to see how it looks in person, if I decide to emblish anything on my own. I hear you though. I DO NOT WANT to DIY on anything more than I have to.
The funnny thing is IRL outside of wedding planning I’m always creating/making/decorating.
I used minted, but I was looking at paper source. Which was much cheaper and have more variety, and let you customize only so you could see what it would look like first.
here’s a link to mine
and here’s a link to papersource
Post # 6
@Khalessi3: How did you get them all for 150?? I am seeing 100 invites for $234!
@PacificMrs: The michaels invitations that I am referring to I would NOT be printing myself.. Michaels does them.. Its called MiDesign from Michaels. They follow the same format as weddingpaperdivas and David’s bridal as far as putting your information in and being able to customize. I am NOT doing the invitations myself.. just the extras.
Post # 7
@Brooklyn55: just saw that you are getting 100 invites, sorry:( I only ordered 25.
Post # 8
About $500-600 for 80 invites (inviting 160)
Post # 9
Wow. I can’t imagine spending $500-600. My max is $250.
Post # 10
I got a giltcity special for $200 worth of stuff on minted.com for $100. Ordered 100 invites there. I’m not getting any inserts or anything, though; I’m directing people to the wedding website to RSVP and find more details. We’ll make phone calls to the 3 people who are not online.
Post # 11
We used Magnet Street. I liked that you could pick different font colors. They were shipped 8 days after we ordered them online. If you sign up for their emails you can get a promo code to help reduce the cost.
Post # 12
Hmmm… I don’t remember what our invitations *only* cost, but I know our *total* for outer envelopes, inner envelopes, the invitation itself, the RSVP card, RSVP envelope, and extra insert card with our wedding website and a blurb about our ‘unplugged’ ceremony was $990. (100 invitations and then I think 125 of everything else in case of accidents.)
This is what they looked like:
Would you be able to stick to budget if you did the Michael’s pocket folds and then made insert cards with a matching font and paper through Vista Print to save money?
Post # 13
Wow You all spent WAY less than I did:( I spent $300 for 100 invites, envelopes and reply cards. I went to a place here in town called Michelle’s. I was having a VERY hard time with deciding and was being really picky so I went with simple and elegant.
Post # 14
I would go with the Zazzle ones. They are having a 50% off sale on all invitations until Friday. Have you thought of customizing a different, fancier design to fit your colors? I didn’t realize you could do that until I started messing around with the site. I loved the design on the place cards I bought, but completely changed the colors to match my wedding. I’ve also bought my save the dates, invites, RSVP cards, reception insert and envelopes from Zazzle on 60% off sale and I couldn’t be happier with the quality of all them. I was very worried, but they are absolutely beautiful. I’m having a destination wedding though and only ordered 35 of the cards and 50 envelopes. I think I spent $150 on all of that including my save the dates. These are the ones we chose:
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
I am going with zazzle. They have beautiful “Starry Night” invites and even an envelope to match. Plus, for 100 invites, I think they are a pretty great price! I am doing the invites, a response card that isn’t ACTUALLY a response card (it’ll be an info card, because I’m having people RSVP online and go to my website for more info) and the envelopes for I think $279. And then add on the price of stamps, of course. I’m going pretty simple for my invites too. It’s one of the places that I, personally, am willing to cut the corners on to save for other areas of the wedding. I mean, I know that I myself appreciate a beautiful invitation, but I also know that I have never “turned my nose up” at a simple invite either!!!
Post # 16
I spent $73 for 80 invites, 90 envelopes, 150 return address labels and 80 envelope seals. Thank god for vista print! We went simple. Printed on both sides and skipped reply cards.